Star Trek (1966–1969)
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The City on the Edge of Forever 

When a temporarily insane Dr. McCoy accidentally changes history and destroys his time, Kirk and Spock follow him to prevent the disaster, but the price to do so is high.

Director:

Joseph Pevney

Writers:

Harlan Ellison, Gene Roddenberry (created by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
Joan Collins ... Edith Keeler
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
James Doohan ... Scott
George Takei ... Sulu
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
John Harmon ... Rodent
Hal Baylor ... Policeman
David L. Ross ... Galloway
John Winston John Winston ... Transporter Chief
Bart La Rue Bart La Rue ... Guardian (voice) (as Bartell La Rue)
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Storyline

When an accident causes Dr. McCoy to go temporarily insane, he escapes to a strange planet. There, the search party discovers a device left by a superior, vanished civilization, a time portal that plays the history of Earth for them - but then Bones jumps through it into the past, causing a change in history important enough to make the Enterprise vanish. Kirk and Spock, who fortunately made a tricorder recording, must attempt to go through to just before McCoy's arrival and stop him from changing history in the United States during the Great Depression, where they have no advanced technology available. Written by KGF Vissers

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1967 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color | Black and White (flashbacks)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Edith Keeler tells McCoy his blue uniform hardly looks like it's from the United States Navy. DeForest Kelley filmed naval training videos in real life. See more »

Goofs

When McCoy changes history, the Enterprise vanishes because it no longer exists in this new time-line. But the landing party would have also vanished. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Kirk: [narrating] Captain's log, no stardate. For us, time does not exist. McCoy, back somewhere in the past, has effected a change in the course of time. All Earth history has been changed. There is no Starship Enterprise. We have only one chance. We have asked the Guardian to show us Earth's history again: Spock and I will go back into time ourselves and attempt to set right whatever it was that McCoy changed.
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Crazy Credits

Script Supervisor is written as "SCPIPT SUPERVISOR...GEORGE A. RUTTER" in the credits. This happened on at least two other episodes in season one. See more »

Alternate Versions

More recent prints omit the shot in which Rodent accidentally vaporizes himself with McCoy's phaser. Instead, the scene ends with him standing in the alley near the collapsed McCoy and looking bewildered. See more »

Connections

Featured in Cosmic Thoughts (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Goodnight, Sweetheart
Written by Ray Noble, Jimmy Campbell and Reginald Connelly (as Reg Connelly)
Heard playing from the radio repair shop (with an uncredited vocal performer) and later as part of Fred Steiner's instrumental score (also uncredited)
Due to copyright issues, this music was replaced on some releases in the 1980s and 1990s
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Arguably, the best episode of the original series
8 December 2013 | by david-497-331474See all my reviews

I love this episode and although I have seen it countless times over the years, I never fail to be impressed by the quality of the story, the acting, even the appropriate music.

I think DeForrest Kelly in particular gives an outstanding performance, suffering from madness due to the accident with the hypo.

I think it's the ending that gets to me every time I watch it! It's the grim inevitability of the climax that is so powerful.

It's a shame that the story lines in more of the "Trek" episodes weren't of this high standard, maybe they wouldn't have canned it after only 3 seasons!


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